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Institute of Humanities




Five-Year Bachelor's-Master's Degree

Accelerated Master of Humanities
By allowing exceptional majors in Art/Visual Studies, Communication, Individualized Integrative Studies, Philosophy, or Women's Studies to count up to 12 hours of graduate courses toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree, this degree program makes it possible for students with a demonstrated record of academic excellence to earn both a B.A. or B.S. in their discipline and an M.A. in Humanities in five years.

Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the program, students must declare a major in Art/Visual StudiesCommunication, Individualized Integrative Studies, Philosophy, or Women's Studies B.A.or B.S. and complete a minimum of at least 60 undergraduate credit hours, including at least 6 hours of 300/400 level courses in the major. At the time of admission to the accelerated program, students must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or better.

Admission Procedure
Interested students who meet the admission requirements should apply to the Humanities Graduate Program Director as soon as possible after completing the required 60 undergraduate hours. In consultation with the Chair or Director of their department and the Humanities Graduate Program Director, students will:

  1. Draft a schedule of graduate courses to be taken as an undergraduate, which will be placed in the student's undergraduate and graduate advising files.
  2. Submit an ODU graduate application, a 500-word personal statement, a sample critical/analytical essay or research paper, two letters of recommendation, and GRE scores to the Office of Admission during their senior year.
Students will be officially admitted into the M.A. in Humanities program once they have been awarded their Bachelor's degree and have fulfilled all regular admission requirements for the M.A. in Humanities. (Please refer to the appropriate section of the catalog for information on the requirements for the Bachelor's degree in Communication, Individualized Integrative Studies, or Women's Studies).

Bridge Courses
Students admitted to the accelerated program may count up to 12 hours of Bridge courses (graduate courses taken as an undergraduate) for which they have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better toward both the specific B.A. or B.S. and the M.A. in Humanities. These courses may be 500 or 600 level courses within or cross-listed with the discipline, or approved graduate courses. Any 500-level course that is cross listed with a 400-level course may be substituted for the 400 level-course. Students who complete less than 12 Bridge course credits may fulfill Humanities program requirements by taking courses during summer sessions and/or an additional semester, however all students are required to fulfill a minimum of 6 Bridge course credits in order to be eligible to continue in the Accelerated Program.

The M.A. in Humanities
Students in the accelerated program will fulfill all normal admission and curricular requirements for both a B.A. or B.S. in their discipline and a M.A. in Humanities, with the following exceptions, conditions, and requirements.

1) In the initial weeks of the first semester of study in the Humanities M.A. program, students in the Accelerated program in Communication or Individualized Integrative Studies, in consultation with the Humanities Graduate Program Director and/or Faculty, will designate a Graduate Concentration Area and assemble an interdisciplinary curriculum based on the area of concentration. This will take the form of a written proposal to be approved by the Humanities Advisory Committee. Students will be advised in their selection of appropriate courses by both the Humanities Graduate Program Director and faculty.

2) In addition, all students, regardless of their concentration, are required to take:

Hum. 601: Introduction to the Humanities

Hum. 602: Theory and Methods in the Humanities

Hum. 694: Interdisciplinarity and the Humanities Hum. 694, the capstone seminar for accelerated Humanities M.A. students, will be taken in the final semester of study before the completion of the M.A. degree. Students will be required to complete a substantive research project which is scholarly in nature, reflecting the student's training in their discipline and the Humanities.

3) No more than 12 hours of graduate credit at the 500-level may be applied to the M.A. in Humanities.

4) Students will not be permitted to take any 500 level course that they have already taken at the undergraduate 400 level.

5) Communication students must take at least two 600-level graduate courses offered by the Department of Communication. Courses taken through departments other than Humanities and Communication must correspond to the student's declared Concentration Area. No more than 6 credit hours may be concentrated in any one department other than Humanities or Communication.

6) Women's Studies students will be required to take graduate-level courses that focus on women and/or gender in relation to various aspects of culture and the humanities. Students may elect graduate courses in Women's Studies, as well as courses that are cross-listed with Women's Studies, from any designated Humanities or Social Science Department, such as History, Linguistics, Literature, Sociology, Psychology, International Studies, etc., or courses approved by the Director of Women's Studies. However, no more than 6 credit hours may be concentrated in any one discipline other than Humanities and Women's Studies.

7) There is no thesis option for students in the Accelerated M.A. in Humanities program. Students who wish to write a thesis may elect at any time to change over to the standard 33 credit, thesis-track, Humanities program.

8) Upon completion of 30 graduate credits students will be awarded the M.A. in Humanities. Communication or Women's Studies students will be awarded the M.A. in Humanities with a Concentration in Communication or Women's Studies.